March 27, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge Matadors (14-7) pounded their way to a 14-2 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets (7-13-1) on Saturday afternoon at Matador Field, thanks to 21 total hits, a new season high.
For the second time in as many days the Matadors jumped all over the Hornets early, building a 9-2 lead after four innings and continued to add to their lead throughout the game en route to the victory. The day before, the Matadors scored seven times against Sacramento State through the opening three innings, but let the game get away in a 13-12 defeat.
In Saturday's contest, the Hornets scored first on a solo home run by Trevor Paine in the top of the second, however the Matadors would quickly respond in their half of the inning by scoring four times.
The inning began with a single by Nate Ring followed by a C.J. Belanger double to deep right field. Next, Justin DeMarco hit a well placed flyball to center field for a sacrifice fly that scored Ring to even the game up. Dominic Piazza then stepped to the plate and drove in an RBI single up the middle. TS Reed followed suit and hit another single that sent Piazza to third. Later in the inning, both baserunners would touch home plate, as Piazza scored on a wild pitch and Reed came home on a RBI single by Ridge Carpenter that put CSUN ahead 4-1.
In the third inning, Northridge scored again as Ring doubled and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch that put Northridge ahead 5-1.
After the Hornets scratched a run closer on another home run by Paine in the fourth, the Matadors again responded with a barrage of hits in the bottom of the frame.
Reed led off with a hit and a steal of second base. Carpenter next drove in Reed for his second RBI of the game. After Carpenter stole second and Drew Muren walked, Ryan Pineda stepped to the plate and belted a three-run home run to left field.
Pineda's shot gave CSUN a 9-2 advantage, which was more than enough for starting pitcher Paul Tremlin who pitched seven quality innings, while allowing only two solo home runs. Tremlin allowed six hits in the game and struck out eight batters en route to his third straight win as a starter and his fifth victory of the season.
With Tremlin stifling Hornet hitters, Muren make an outstanding catch in the fifth inning that kept the Hornets off the scoreboard. Leading-off the inning for his team, Justin Mezzaneras drove a deep ball to center field that had serious potential to land on the other side of the fence. Instead the sophomore raced back to the wall, leaped and robbed a sure-fire home run for the first out of the inning. After the catch, Tremlin pitched a shutout inning, preserving the 9-2 lead.
The Matadors added two more runs in the fifth, a single score in the sixth and two more in the eighth for a 14-2 advantage that Matador relievers Jacob Petersen and Chris DeBoo each kept intact with their two combined shutout innings to end the game.
In the eighth, pinch-hitter Jason Dabbs hit a two run shot over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season, scoring his team's final two runs of the afternoon.
A total of five Matadors had multi-hit games, led by Reed, who went a perfect 5-for-5 on the day. Ring and Carpenter each had three hits followed by DeMarco and Pineda, who each had two hits apiece.
All nine starters for CSUN had at least one hit on the afternoon.
The Matadors continue their series with Sacramento State tomorrow afternoon at Matador Field, with Shawn Wilyman (1-2, 6.39) taking the mound against Hornet right-hander Jesse Darrah (1-2, 4.55) who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday's contest. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Sacramento State 010 100 000 - 2 7 3
Matadors 041 421 02x - 14 21 0
Win - Tremlin (5-1) Loss - Ramirez, J. (0-2) Save - None
T - 2:49 A - 338